John Keats


  • “Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.” – John Keats (thanks to The Cranky Middle Manager Show #234 Embrace Failure Erik Van Slyke)

A birthday nod to poet John Keats who appreciated the romance of embracing failure and experienced throughout his life as Wikipedia describes…

  • Endymion [famous for its opening line of “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.”] received scathing criticism after its release, and Keats himself noted its diffuse and unappealing style. However, he did not regret writing it, as he likened the process to leaping into the ocean to become more acquainted with his surroundings; in a poem to J. A. Hessey, he expressed that I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.’”